SEC tops in bowl appearances

The schools that currently comprise the SEC have appeared in 317 bowls (including 2001). That is by far the most of any conference in the nation.

SEC Leads All Leagues in Bowl Participation

During the last six seasons, the Southeastern Conference has sent 46 teams to post-season bowl games, the most of any conference in the nation. Since 1997, the SEC is 22-17 in bowl games. Eleven of the SEC's 12 teams have been to post-season bowls in the last six seasons.

Seven League Teams in Bowl Games

GEORGIA (12-1) vs. FLORIDA STATE (9-4)
Nokia Sugar Bowl * Louisiana Superdome (75,000) * New Orleans, La.
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003 * 8:30 p.m. ET * ABC Sports
Series: UGA leads, 5-4-1
Last Meeting: Tied, 17-17 (12/22/84 at Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.)
Georgia in the Sugar Bowl: 2-4 (.333)
Georgia in Bowl Games: 19-15-3 (.554)

AUBURN (8-4) vs. PENN STATE (9-3)
Capital One Bowl * Florida Citrus Bowl (70,000) * Orlando, Fla.
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003 * 12 p.m. CT * ABC Sports
Series: PSU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: PSU, 43-14 (1/1/96 at Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla.)
Auburn in the Capital One Bowl: 2-1 (.667)
Auburn in Bowl Games: 14-11-2 (.556)

FLORIDA (8-4) vs. MICHIGAN (9-3)
Outback Bowl * Raymond James Stadium (65,657) * Tampa, Fla.
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003 * 11 a.m. ET * ESPN
Series: First Meeting
Florida in the Outback Bowl: First Appearance
Florida in Bowl Games: 14-15 (.483)

LSU (8-4) vs. TEXAS (10-2)
SBC Cotton Bowl * Cotton Bowl (68,252) * Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003 * 10 a.m. CT * FOX
Series: UT leads, 8-7-1
Last Meeting: LSU, 13-0 (1/1/63 at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas)
LSU in the Cotton Bowl: 2-0-1 (.833)
LSU in Bowl Games: 16-16-1 (.500)

TENNESSEE (8-4) vs. MARYLAND (10-3)
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl * Georgia Dome (71,228) * Atlanta, Ga.
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002 * 7:30 p.m. ET * ESPN
Series: UT leads, 5-2
Last Meeting: UM, 28-27 (12/22/84 at Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas)
Tennessee in the Peach Bowl: 1-1 (.500)
Tennessee in Bowl Games: 23-19 (.548)

ARKANSAS (9-4) vs. MINNESOTA (7-5)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl * The Coliseum (67,000) * Nashville, Tenn.
Monday, Dec. 30, 2002 * 1 p.m. CT * ESPN
Series: First Meeting
Arkansas in the Music City Bowl: First Appearance
Arkansas in Bowl Games: 10-19-3 (.359)

OLE MISS (6-6) vs. NEBRASKA (7-6)
Mainstay Independence Bowl * Independence Stadium (50,459) * Shreveport, La.
Friday, Dec. 27, 2002 * 3:30 p.m. CT * ESPN
Series: First Meeting
Ole Miss in the Independence Bowl: 3-1 (.750)
Ole Miss in Bowl Games: 17-12 (.586)

The Most Competitive Conference

SEC vs. SEC games have traditionally been among the most competitive in the nation. This season, 49 SEC vs. SEC games have an average scoring margin of 15.54 points per contest. 40.8 percent of the SEC's 49 games (20-of-49) have been decided by ten-points-or-less.

Does Scoring First Mean Victory?

SEC teams are 62-18 (.775) when scoring first. Arkansas and Vanderbilt are perfect when it scores first, while Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky have scored first the most amount of times.

SEC Bowl Appearances

1. ALABAMA: 51
2. TENNESSEE: 43
3. Texas: 42
4. Southern California, Nebraska: 41
6. GEORGIA: 38
7. Penn State: 37
8. Oklahoma: 35
9. LSU, Ohio State, Michigan: 34
12. ARKANSAS: 33
13. Florida State, Georgia Tech: 31
15. OLE MISS, FLORIDA: 30
17. AUBURN, Washington: 29
19. Texas A&M, Miami (Fla.): 27
21. Clemson, Texas Tech: 26
23. Notre Dame, Colorado: 25
25. North Carolina, UCLA: 24
27. Brigham Young: 23
28. Pittsburgh, West Virginia: 22
30. Missouri, Syracuse, N.C. State: 21

Bowl Victories

1. ALABAMA: 29
2. Southern California: 25
3. Penn State, TENNESSEE: 23
5. Oklahoma: 22
6. Georgia Tech, Nebraska: 20
8. GEORGIA, Texas: 19
10. Florida State: 18
11. Michigan, OLE MISS: 17
13. LSU, Miami (Fla.): 15
15. AUBURN, FLORIDA, Ohio State, Washington: 14
19. Clemson, Notre Dame, Texas A&M: 13
22. North Carolina, Syracuse: 12
24. Colorado, UCLA: 11
26. Arizona State, ARKANSAS: 10
28. Missouri, Oklahoma State, Stanford: 9

Majority of SEC Teams Ranked During 2002 Season

Nine of the SEC's 12 teams have been ranked for at least one week in either the Associated Press or the USA Today/ESPN weekly rankings. Three SEC teams -- Florida, Georgia and LSU -- have been ranked each week of the season.

Bowl Teams Faced in 2002

Each SEC team faced at least four teams that will play in post-season bowls in 2002. Alabama played ten games against teams in post-season bowl games: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, North Texas, Southern Miss, Hawaii.

SEC Bowl Revenue Distribution

(A) For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance of less than $1,500,000, the participating institution shall retain $800,000 plus a travel allowance as determined by the SEC Executive Committee. The remainder shall be remitted to the Commissioner and will be divided into 13 equal shares with one share to the Conference and one share to each member institution.

(B) For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance between $1,500,000 and $3,999,999, the participating institution shall retain $1,000,000 plus a travel allowance as determined by the SEC Executive Committee. The remainder shall be remitted to the Commissioner and will be divided into 13 equal shares, with one share to the Conference and one share to each member institution.

(C) For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance between $4,000,000 and $5,999,999, the participating institution shall retain $1,200,000 plus a travel allowance as determined by the SEC Executive Committee. The remainder shall be remitted to the Commissioner and will be divided into 13 equal shares, with one share to the Conference and one share to each member institution.

(D) For bowl games providing receipts which result in a balance between $6,000,000 or more, the participating institution shall receive $1,700,000 ($1,800,000 if the SEC team is a participant in the Bowl Championship Series game which determines the National Championship) plus a travel allowance as determined by the SEC Executive Committee. The remainder shall be remitted to the Commissioner and will be divided into 13 equal shares, with one share to the Conference and one share to each member institution.

(E) Bowl Revenue Protection Insurance and the cost of unused tickets up to 3,000 tickets, shall be deducted prior to the Conference distribution.


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